Police probing fatal crash in Germantown

Montgomery County police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Germantown early Saturday.

Police responded to the accident at Mateny and Clopper roads about 2:30 a.m. The crash involved a 2004 Honda Civic heading north on Mateny Road and a taxi heading east on Clopper Road, according to police.

The driver of the Honda, Colleen Nicole Bell, 20, of Germantown, died at the scene. The driver of the cab was injured but not taken to a hospital.

Police ask that anyone with information call 240-773-6620.

— Mark Berman

Wayne Curry to head economic board

Former Prince George’s County executive Wayne K. Curry is the new chairman of the county’s Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-public agency that is trying to bring new businesses to the county.

Curry, who was instrumental in bringing what is now FedEx Field to Landover, said he is eager to “help wherever I can to invigorate economic development in the county.” He is president of NAI Michael, a real estate company in Prince George’s.

Curry (D) was elected county executive in 1994 and served two terms. Curry, who was named to the board last month by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), said he was elected chairman Thursday. He replaces Jason Groves.

— Miranda S. Spivack

Motorcyclist killed in Anne Arundel crash

Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Route 100 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Saturday morning.

Anne Arundel County police said a motorcycle traveling west on Route 100 changed lanes and hit the back of a box truck around 5:40 a.m. The motorcyclist died after being transported to the hospital. The driver of the box truck was not injured.

A preliminary investigation showed that speed was a factor in the crash, but it’s unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved, police say. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-222-8573.

— Mark Berman

Man charged with assault and arson

Howard County police said they arrested a man Saturday after a fire was set Friday at his Columbia apartment complex.

Police said Alejandro A. Rodriguez, 25, was charged with arson and assault.

Police said several buildings were evacuated after the fire in the 5300 block of Harpers Farm Road and 17 residents were displaced.

Police responded to the apartment complex about 9:30 p.m. after getting a call reporting a disturbance. They said a person with injuries was in the parking lot. Police said a man appeared in a
second-floor window and shouted obscenities at the officers.

Police said they then saw that the apartment was on fire. Officers forced their way inside but were unable to put out the fire, police said, and the man escaped through a back window.

Police did not say how the fire was started, and reports said there were no injuries.

— Peter Hermann

McAuliffe agrees
to five debates

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe has agreed to take part in five debates.

The McLean businessman and former national Democratic Party chairman will face Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) in November.

“I look forward to a discussion about how we can make Virginia the best for business through workforce development, a modern transportation system and 21st Century jobs,” McAuliffe said in a statement Friday.

Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said the attorney general looks forward to debating McAuliffe in every region of the state “and further exposing that the very foundation of his candidacy is completely fraudulent.”

Cuccinelli has yet to agree to the debates, but Nix said details would be coming soon.

Dates have not been set for all of the debates, but the earliest one on the calendar, to be hosted by the Virginia Bar Association, will take place July 20.

— Errin Whack